Science Education: Facts and Trends in High School, College, and Career

This resource is a PowerPoint presentation given by Achieve at the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Annual Leadership Meeting in 2014. It focuses on the high school course mapping resources in the NGSS, addressing facts and trends in high school coursework nationally, breaking them down by demographic groups (e.g., ethnicity, gender), and highlighting the significant gaps among racial/ethnic subgroups of students taking a science curriculum consisting of biology, chemistry, and physics.

It offers information on national science credit requirements for graduation, while looking ahead toward college and career goals, via a sample analysis of 12 states’ public and highly selective private four-year institutions. A breakdown of prerequisites is also available for this sample. Finally, the presentation offers insight into the U.S. Department of Labor’s ONET database, showing a "bright outlook" for STEM-related careers over the next several years.

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This resource synthesizes valuable information for education and policy stakeholders, and for professional developers addressing  high school science program shifts, by providing an overview of the state of science education in high school and the policies in place for transition into college. An analysis of the Department of Labor’s database offers additional insights on alignments needed between high school and college admissions, and the work needed to ensure that STEM majors are representative.